Freedom of Access to Information and Resources

We’re campaigning for a fair, open, democratic society where information can be accessed by everyone.

FAIR is lobbying on a number of issues which affect Australia's library and information sector including copyright law reform, cybersafety and the problems with internet filtering, digitising our nation’s history, encouraging children to read, evidence-based decisions in law, health and business, evidence-based policy making, learning at any age, qualified library staff in schools, supporting Australia's book industry and well funded public libraries.

TIK Pin

Wednesday, 5 December, 2018

 

Have you seen our stylish Truth, Integrity, Knowledge (TIK) pins? You can wear it on your shirt, your lanyard or pin it to your pencil case and is available on the ALIA shop

The TIK campaign focuses on why librarianship is one of the most trusted professions in Australia, and how library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge.

TIK Poster 2019

Tuesday, 27 November, 2018

In 2019 we are celebrating the 10 ways that library and information services professionals support and promote truth, integrity and knowledge (TIK).

Please see below the free downloadable poster '10 ways that library and information professionals promote truth integrity and knowledge'. 

You can hang it in your library, school or place of business and create conversation around the TIK campaign.

The 1st way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Trusted professionals

Librarians have always been trusted professionals and this is still the case. Everyone studying for a library qualification learns about the profession’s values and ethics. When people join ALIA, they are confirming their commitment to promoting the free flow of information and ideas in the interest of all Australians.

The 2nd way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Freedom of information

We help ensure that people have access to information, without bias or censorship. Some libraries use internet filters to support cybersafe experiences for children, but we are against high level government restrictions on internet content and have campaigned successfully against this over the last decade. We also help people to navigate government Freedom of Information request processes.

The 3rd way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Monday, 5 November, 2018

Evidence-based

We identify and evaluate information sources which will help people reach their own, well-informed decisions about critical issues. We consider the source, the credibility of the author, the wider context and the supporting evidence, in order to authenticate information.

The 5th way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Thursday, 11 October, 2018

Indigenous Knowledge

Librarians work respectfully with Indigenous knowledge – the stories, artefacts, images, artworks and documents that form collections of first nations’ materials. We seek permission for access, consult with community Elders and use established protocols to ensure that knowledge is handled sensitively and appropriately.

 

The 6th way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Thursday, 4 October, 2018

Freedom of expression

We believe in free speech and freedom of expression. To quote the IFLA principles of freedom of expression and good librarianship: ‘Libraries contribute to the development and maintenance of intellectual freedom and help to safeguard basic democratic values and universal civil rights’.

The 7th way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Thursday, 4 October, 2018

Equity

We are working to ensure that any and everyone in Australia can join a library, borrow books, use PCs, seek the expert help of library staff and source the information they need. There are still some barriers to library membership, for example fines for overdue books and the need to have a permanent address to register, but these have been removed in some locations and are being tackled in others.

The 8th way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Tuesday, 2 October, 2018

Privacy

Libraries promote the right to privacy in the digital age. We are concerned about excessive data collection, hacking and harvesting of personal information, for political and commercial gain. At the same time, we support aggregated data, stripped of personal identifiers, being made available to researchers for social benefits – for example, in the health sector.

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